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by Mark Zalewski
January 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.
Speaking to the parliament committee which has been investigating Team Sky, British Cycling and Bradley Wiggins, Nicole Cooke has provided strong criticism and raised questions about the stance of all three. The former world and Olympic champion said she was ‘sceptical’ of Team Sky’s declaration that it was the cleanest team in cycling, saying that she is uneasy about the transportation of a mystery package to Wiggins in 2011 and also about his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).
“Taking TUEs just before major events, it raises questions for me,” she stated, referring to Wiggins’ use of a powerful corticosteroid before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia. “It makes me sceptical of what they have done. I find the stance of being the cleanest team and yet the team principal Brailsford not knowing what the riders are being treated with [strange]. It definitely makes it hard to back up that claim when he obviously doesn’t know what was going on until recently.”
Cooke was speaking to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee which had earlier interviewed Sky Team Principal Dave Brailsford, Wiggins’ former coach Shane Sutton and others in December. In that session Brailsford had – after a wait of several weeks – finally confirmed what he said were the contents of a package delivered from Manchester to the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in France in 2011.
He said that it contained the legal decongestant Fluimacil. That delivery had been revealed by the Daily Mail in October but was initially denied by Brailford, who gave inaccurate explanations. Since his December appearance no proof has emerged that Fluimacil was indeed the product in question. Select committee members have expressed dissatisfaction with the evidence given and lack of follow-up details, and said that they may re-call witnesses and request others to speak.
In addition to Cooke’s verbal submission she also provided a ten page written declaration which alleged widespread sexism and also accused UK Anti Doping (UKAD) of not taking doping complaints seriously.
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